Emphasizing the haunting remnants of emptied out architecture and unused spaces, Coventry Ritz listens to the days when social scenes were produced in the British post-war period by South Asian workers who bought and programmed cinemas. Voices of people remembering are layered with archive images and a visual portrait of the crumbling Ritz as it stands today (before being demolished) to etch, in our imagination, where life, politics and film once mingled. This film is a reflection on the methods of looking back ‘now’ to ‘then’.
Directed by Nirmal Puwar and Produced by AV Frontline.
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